Rasmussen College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (61)
When determining whether or not to go back to school I decided to do my research and explore all of my options. I inquired to many different schools, looked at reviews and tons of programs that I feel would be best for me. Now before I go on, I am full time employee with a family and child. The reason I chose online, instead of the conventional "in class", is because I simply don't have the time or energy to go to a classroom after working a 10hour shift. After narrowing my choices down to a few school, I chose Rasmussen. The recruiter was very friendly, gave me all the information I needed and when I had questions she always called me back within 24hrs. Trust me, I called a lot and asked a ton of questions, sometimes even the same. She didn't come off as annoyed and always responded with respect. Tuition is reasonable. Of course you may save cost if you go to a junior college, but I felt what I wanted to study is what they were offering. I didn't have to complete a bunch of BS classes that are required at some other schools. I did have some college credit which transferred over nicely. My first two classes were business management and intro to software development. My instructor for business was phenomenal. She was engaged and answered all my emails in less than 24hr hours if I had a question. My software development class started off rocky with some technical difficulties from the teacher. The class started almost a week late. I called the office and spoke with the dean. I received a quick response and also received a follow up call once the issue was resolved. We did have to double up work for a week to catch up but that is fine. Problems happen. The teacher apologized for the inconvenience and helped every step of the way, even understanding if an assignment was a day late or so. When I emailed the professor I always received a response back within 24hours. Im taking advanced algebra now followed by object oriented programing. The classes are challenging and despite the one technical difficulty the teachers are very responsive. The work load is challenging, but if you are organized and set aside time you will succeed. If you expect to be hand held, or are lazy you will fail miserably and have a bad time. If you are organized and put effort, you will do just fine. I am hoping to complete my associates in software development and then transfer out to Arizona state or possibly DePaul to get my bachelors. Rasmussen is accredited and their courses do transfer over. They do work directly with Lewis University which is a great school if you wish to transfer. Overall my experience has been pleasant and for a full time working father/husband I couldn't ask for anything more.
I am shocked at the negative reviews! I just graduated with my Assoc. Degree and last fall I graduated with Medical Billing and Coding certification. It was a great program, I am very please with the instructors, very knowledgeable and the courses! I made honor roll quite a few times. As a older adult doing online college education I couldn't be happier with my experience from my first phone call! I see most the negative comments on the Computer Information program, maybe this isn't the school well fitted for that program. I know quite a few people at my employer that got a education from Rasmussen and everyone is pleased! We even got 10% corp. discount!
Worst...school...ever!! I was only suppose to take 1 course for my job and when I enrolled I told them I am only taking that one class and nothing more and they said they understood. They automatically enrolled me in the second class and when I told them I do not need that class and that I wanted to unenroll they said you will owe money for doing that. Bunch of BULL!! They knew before hand to not enroll me in the second class since it is not needed and they did it anyway. Makes me wonder if this school is a scam just after money. Also, link to the live classes did not work and the teacher said she would get back to me. Never did and gave me a 10% on the assignment and wouldn't send me the downloadable link to get points. Horrible. DO NOT DO THIS SCHOOL!!! YOU WILL REGRET IT.
I'm not sure if it's a language barrier or if some of the instructors are just incompetent. I found that anytime I asked for clarification of an assignment the instructor either repeated the poorly written instructions with the existing grammatical errors or the instructor wouldn't clarify the instructions until after my interpretation of the assignment was submitted. After I was accepted into the college's paralegal studies program in the summer of 2016 I noticed that who ever was in charge of the online student portal would change the content of the YouTube videos and the assignments. One of the problems I found with the online environment is I would print the assignments one day and the next day the assignments or topics of discussion would change. I also experienced issues with the e-textbooks and didn't find the personal support center helpful at all. I was given a third party number to call and I would receive a busy signal. Some of the examples and the content in the e-textbooks were inappropriate as well as the assigned reading for the Ethics Around the Globe course. I receive an absurd amount of emails regarding a past due payment for my tuition which was already paid for in full. I found that some of the instructors expect the student to use templates from other courses because they are to lazy to create their own. For example, I have a Family Law Course instructor by the name of Toni S. who expects me to use templates from a Civil Litigation Course II course.
Rasmussen is organized and the instructors are fantastic. The on-line format requires students to engage with other students, to engage with their instructors and read feedback for completed assignments. The library is well staffed and the personnel are helpful. If you are committed and mature and understand that your success depends on your level of interaction then you will have a good experience, however, it is not easy - if you are a slacker and don't take classes seriously and don't take the time to study you will not be pleased.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from this College. The instructors liked me and I did well, because I accomplished Summa Cum Laude. In my opinion the job search that follows is horrid. Nobody picks a Rasmussen graduate, because it has very bad karma. I been searching for a information technology job with certificates (network+, A+) for 19 months. No interviews. A better Bachelor program in Management Information Systems would be University of Wisconsin River Falls.
As an actual student of Rasmussen College, I truly enjoyed my time with the college and look forward at going back sometime down the line. For me personally, I just want my Bachelor's degree to mean something. I know I have to start at the bottom, but I hope employers look at the degree as a supplement to my current experience to move me up when opportunities present themselves instead of being overlooked because I went to Rasmussen. All the for profit schools that are closing their doors are kind of scary and I truly hope this doesn't happen to Rasmussen. When I attended, the books and content were up to date. Spelling mistakes were problem, but I am seeing more spelling mistakes everywhere online. Heck, there could be one in this post. I do feel more confident about Rasmussen College as my current employer works with them to help get employees a discount on their education. The downfall to this, however, is the company I work for goes through another college if they fully pay for a program.
Please make sure you do your own research before attending, they promise you the world but fall short on almost ALL of them. First, I understand the classes are fast about 5.5 weeks but they are unorganized and basically make you feel like you are on your own. Most instructors have never taught a day in their lives. Instructors schedules were not followed, you are left waiting for a live classroom which never comes, emails that are never answered. This will be the 4th teacher I had like this, complain and the teacher just gave me high grade to pass me. This school is not cheap and I want to feel like I'm learning something and I feel like I'm teaching myself; thankfully I have a background in medical. Really sorry I chose this school, especially when I was told my financial aid covered everything only to see a bill for over a $1000.00, sorry here are placed you can apply for a loan. I can not get a loan, and that was explained at the start. Only then did they look into in and realize they did not submit my paperwork correctly and could only write off one semester. If going back to school isn't stressful enough, they really make it worse. I was going to pursue my Associates but not at Rasmussen, really disappointed.
I decided to write a review as I have been reading the other reviews and noticed all the bad reviews coming from issues with financial aid or issues that are not with the school at all. I have been attending Rasmussen College online for about a year now and before that I attending Kaplan University Online. Comparing the two I will say that Rasmussen is WAY better than Kaplan. Rasmussen is about $1000 cheaper per term, Kaplan's classes were a joke (for Information Technology at least), and with Kaplan you didn't learn anything. With Rasmussen I have challenging classes that actually pertain to the field that I am attaining a degree in, and it is cheaper than Kaplan. The people complaining about this school seem to want to have their hands held through life and not take any responsibility for anything. The only thing I can say that I would change is that they should use Pearson's My Math Lab for math courses, but that is just a personal preference for me.
I have just completed my first year at Rasmussen College. I think its great. There are a lot of bad reviews and sometimes its our own faults for giving the bad reviews. I've seen stuff like "I have a bad professor because he gave me a bad grade for turning in late homework" or "my financial aid got messed up but I turned it in a week late". Its called holding yourself accountable and if you want to be in school, you'll find ways that motivate you to stay in school. I'm not saying its perfect and the instructors are the best. We are human and we make mistakes. In fact, once I took a test and 2 questions out of the 25 questions were counted as being WRONG when they were RIGHT. I took screenshots of the problems then emailed that to the professor and he took care of it that same night and I received credit for the correct answers. They also changed the test. I have been in the workforce for about 20 years. For me, I have to get a degree if I want to advance with my current employer. I have an opportunity to better myself and my family. If that means to grit my teeth and take charge of my education, that's what I'm going to do. Its not about excuses. It not about waiting until the last minute to finish up an assignment. Its about your future. Take charge of yours!